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8 mysterious images of Mars

By: Katherine Butler on Oct. 11, 2010, 11:55 a.m.
tattoo-like landscape on Mars

Photo: NASA, HiRISE, MRO, LPL

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Tattoo

This image was taken from the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. These mystical trails are the work of surface dust devils that weave across the planet as they do on Earth. The dust devils whip up the red soil, leaving the darker sand visible underneath. These dust devils have been credited with cleaning the solar panels on the Mars rovers, according to NASA.